Special Education

A broad continuum of programs and services is available for the students of the Royal Oak School District. Nearly 990 students benefit from these special services. Our program options are designed to meet the individual needs of eligible students from birth through 26.

Emphasis is placed on educating all students in their neighborhood schools to the maximum extent appropriate. However, all decisions about programs and services for students must be based on each student's individual needs and must be made by an Individualized Educational Planning Team. Parental involvement in the development, as well as the implementation of the individualized program, is critical.

Special Education and 504 Records

Special Education and 504 records must be requested directly through the Special Education Department.  Please send your request via fax at:  

(248)-435-9280  or via email to:   [email protected]  

Please include the following: student's full name, date of birth, and the exact documents you would like to receive.  The documents will be sent to you via email through a secured server or by fax, as noted on the request.  


All requests will be checked for accuracy. Any inaccurate information may result in your record not being processed.


Child Find

Child Find is part of the federal special education law known as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), which requires schools to identify, locate, and evaluate all children aged birth through 21 years who have disabilities and may be entitled to special education and related services. Michigan is the only state that has a state law mandating (or requiring) special education for students with disabilities from birth to 26 years of age. This law is known as the Michigan Mandatory Special Education Act (MMSE) and is part of the Revised School Code. 

For more information, please contact:

Karen Kubicki
[email protected]
248-288-3100 Ext 5529

Early On Michigan
Early On is Michigan's system for helping families of infants and toddlers, birth to age 3, who have developmental delays(s) and/or disabilities.  

What's Happening in Special Education? 

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Director, Special Education:
Dr. Ericka Watson, Ed. S.

Special Education Elementary Supervisor:
Robert Dietiker

Special Education Secondary Supervisor:
Melanie Davis

Administrative Assistant:
Amy Thornton 
248-435-8400 x1269

Early Intervention Secretary:
Robin Feraru
248-435-8400 x3650

800 DeVillen
Royal Oak, MI 48073
Phone: (248) 435-8400 x1269
Fax: (248) 435-9280


Monday through Friday
7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.